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edlank 04-27-2014 04:35 PM

Repairing flexible clear polyurethane spiral hose
I have a chipper/shredder/vacuum that has a 10' by 6" spiral clear polyurethane hose for vacuuming flower beds, that has split about 1' from one end. I saw the receipt from the original owner, and this hose is expensive, and now, I see similar hose for about $18/foot. It obviously leaks, but with the spiral reinforcement, is still intact. I doubt duct tape will last long, but can a better repair be made? I do not see any products for this purpose, but can imagine it should glue well with some material.

Wuzzat? 04-27-2014 06:37 PM


Originally Posted by edlank (Post 104063)
that has split about 1' from one end.

Can you replace this section with rigid pipe/duct without losing too much functionality?
Does one end of the hose need to be more flexible than the other end?
Will 9' of hose work?

kok328 04-27-2014 06:43 PM

wack off the tear and reapply the hose?

duct tape was the first thing to come to mind, although might need to reapply during the mowing season.

bud16415 04-28-2014 12:07 PM

If you haven’t seen gorilla tape check it out. It’s like duct tape times 10on strength and stickiness.

Wuzzat? 04-28-2014 12:38 PM

You may also be able to sew the split using dental floss as thread. Epoxy the knot when you're done.

edlank 05-04-2014 08:57 PM

If the polyurethane ripped between two revolutions of the wire coil without anything to cause high local stresses, I am pretty sure suturing it will cause very high stresses at each suture puncture site, and it will rip out at each hole. I think that polyurethane is inherently bondable with the right solvent or adhesive, so I am trying to determine the right chemistry for a repair.

nealtw 05-04-2014 09:30 PM

Good luck with the glue, I would get a foot or so and a couping for it and just change out the bad peice.

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